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“Math you can play” – books with games

Games are an important part of the elementary school math curriculum that I develop and teach.  Through different games students learn and reinforce a variety of skills, ranging from arithmetic to spacial reasoning to logic. In my classroom, I have … Continue reading

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Counting crocodile legs

Katie, at nine years old, rarely asks me to give her math problems.  She always has a lot on her mind and gets plenty of problems from school and other math-related activities (interesting problems do sometimes come up spontaneously in … Continue reading

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Drawing heads, tails, knees, and toes – useful?

Drawing a useful picture or diagram is an important problem-solving skill.  From teaching different groups of elementary school children, I have noticed that some students are very reluctant to draw anything whereas others will draw elaborate pictures with lots of … Continue reading

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Numicon – combining geometry and arithmetic

Translated from this post by Jane Kats. This year, we are actively using the Numicon tool in our classes.  We have two sets like this one – and it’s plenty for a group of 12. (Translator’s note – here is … Continue reading

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A number talk that turned into an investigation

It all started out with 12+12+12 a problem that was not particularly difficult for any of my 1st/2nd grade students.  The students took turns suggesting strategies for doing this computation and I recorded them on the board (this was an … Continue reading

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Games with the multiplication table

The following was translated from this post by Jane Kats.  Translation and translator’s notes are by Yulia Shpilman. (Translator’s note: I taught a lesson inspired by this post to my math circle for 1st and 2nd graders on Sunday and … Continue reading

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Arithmetic games – is that boring?

Translated from this post by Jane Kats.  I very much subscribe to this philosophy when teaching math to kindergartners.  As for the games mentioned, I love playing many of them throughout elementary school. In our math classes, we do a … Continue reading

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